Henriques says needs to take wickets against India to justify all rounder tag

Sydney, Mar 11 (ANI): Moises Henriques has admitted he needs to take more wickets and perform better with the ball for Australia in the remaining two Test matches against India to justify his tag as a genuine all rounder.

Handed a baggy-green cap for the series opener, Henriques was a revelation with the bat in Chennai, scoring 68 and 81 not out to vindicate his elevation to the Test fold, News.com.au reports.

However, the 26-year-old's performances with the ball in the opening two Tests have provided a sobering reality check on the improvements Henriques must make to be a fully-fledged force in the Test arena.

Having gone wicket less from 21 overs in Hyderabad, Henriques has one scalp at a costly 93 and concedes he must provide more assistance to the frontline quicks if chosen as expected for the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, the paper said.

Henriques, who could only take the wicket of tail ender Harbhajan Singh said it has been tough, adding he feels like he has been bowling ok without really having that penetration to get through and take some wickets, which a lot of the seam bowlers have been struggling with over here.

Henriques added he has got to not only be able to keep it tight as the all-rounder and build pressure, but somehow find a way to start taking some wickets as well, adding it is tough for the quicks over here but admitted that they might not coming up with the right plans.

The NSW all-rounder said he was not concerned with his twin failures of 5 and 0 with the bat in the second Test after his dream entry as Australia's 432nd Test cricketer a week earlier in Chennai. (ANI)


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